Monday, September 29, 2008

Road Trip Weekend

Since we are in West Virginia while Aaron his here for work, we thought we'd take advantage of our location. We decided to drive to Kentuky and go to a real pumpkin patch! I never thought Kentuky would be somewhere I'd care to visit if I had my choice, but once we got on our way, we found it was rather pretty. The leaves were beginning to change and there were lots of hills, horses behind pretty fences, and old barns.
Owen and Mason loved the pumpkin patch! Aaron and I had been teaching them to say pumpkin and pointing out all we saw. As soon as we arrived it was "kuh-kin, kuh-kin" and lots of pointing at them. We went on a hayride to a field where we could pick our own pumpkins. The boys loved the hayride but weren't too fond of the field. Aaron and I thought we could get some good pictures but, since pumpkins have vines and toddlers have little legs, they just kept tripping over them. SO, we went to the 'baby pumpkin' field thinking the vines would be smaller. We found two little pumpkins (gourds, actually) that had green speckles all over. Owen and Mason were pretty fascinated by these little guys. We even took a lunch break and the boys got pumpkin sippy cups! They thought of everything!
After the pumpkin picking we stopped to look at some bunnies and goats. I think Owen and Mason want a goat in our backyard! They were not afraid at all and pet them several times. They also got to pet a baby bunny ('nunny' as they say) and a duckling. There was also an area that was nursery rhyme themed with animals to look at. Three Billy Goats Gruff, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Three Little Pigs, Cow Jumped Over the Moon, etc. The boys loved it!
After the farm we drove an hour to Cincinnati to our hotel. We all took baths/showers and went out to dinner by the Ohio River. Afterwards we thought the kids would be exhausted but instead, they ran around the courtyard area playing chase, peek-a-boo, and stair climbing. I think they were just trying to see how long Aaron and I could last. We fogot about the time change and ended up staying out an hour later than we thought. The boys were happy guys all day long, even on a 20 minute car nap! They went to bed at midnight! I know, we're so irresponsible! But the day was great and the kids had a blast. They slept in 'til 11:30 the next day...we weren't complaining.
Sunday we went to the Cincinnati Zoo. The boys loved, and I mean LOVED, the elephants. They know how to make the noise and raise their arm like a trunk. We saw a tiger, which they know says 'aarrrgghh.' (A pirate tiger, I guess). And a lion that was eye level, about 50 feet away from us, and roaring. Pretty fascinating, even to the adults!
We're back in WV now and I should be in bed. Grandparents were asking for pictures though, so here they are:
Kentuky, Ohio